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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrels.
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer. Very Limited Availability - 22oz Bottles and Draught. Black Gold was named one of "the best" barrel aged beers in the US by Men’s Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (105) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Huge nose, lots of bourbon. Lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, mint, marshmallow. Balanced, fairly thin body. Nice oaky bourbon flavors shine through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (811) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Very roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, light bourbon and fudge. Solid black appearance with a nice brown lacing. Very well balanced flavors of toffee, nougat, bourbon, raisins, rich, dark chocolate, light espresso and faint plums. Finish leaves a tamed alcohol burn on the palate with resin and coffee notes. Overall, this is a very well balanced Imperial Stout. All the flavors work in harmony to bring a pleasing and drinkable ale to you. I’d give this an A rating.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Black pour, small tan head. Aroma dominated by bourbon, chocolate is also present. Lesser notes of roast, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied, somewhat watery mouthfeel, bourbon and chocolate dominate. Pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottled, dense black color with some thin foam , heavy bourbon aroma and flavor with some chocolate roast notes , thin finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2145) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle, ’09 vintage. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Bourbon and cola aromas. Big cheap bourbon notes with cola and caramel malt undercurrents. Decent mouthfeel and body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1600) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2013 bottle pours jet black with a tan head. nose of bourbon smoke and chocolate malt. taste has bourbon smoke and wood upfront rounded out with chocolate and espresso. this has the right amount of bourbon. body is solid.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1950) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Version 2013, corps extrêmement moelleux avec des sucres délicats et des notes de bourbon jamais grossières. Très chocolaté, légèrement rôti plus comme un porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1054) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2013
22oz. "Imperial stout bourbon barrel aged". Tons of caramel in the flavor. Creme brûlée. Lactose. Aroma is similar but has quite a bit of bourbon too. Very sweet and flavorful. Smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with massive tan head. Big sweet vanilla and oak aroma. Taste is silky smooth vanilla cookie and bourbon bite. Love this!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours viscous and black with a thick, creamy, tan head. The nose has notes of toasted almonds and hot cocoa, maybe a touch of marzipan. A little sweet on the tongue with those toasted nut notes coming through first. Lots of milk chocolate with a bit of stone fruit coming out as it warms. It starts off full bodied on the tongue, but the high ABV helps thin things out a little. Nice warming finish. Very solid stuff.


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